Trees and shrubs

Majestic towering trees compete with emblematic shrubs to decorate gardens throughout the year. Here’s all you can expect from your shrubs and trees.

Azalea japonica, the Japanese azalea

Azalea japonica is a small heath shrub that provides evergreen, bushy growth. Its main appeal, however, is the massive blooming: beautiful flowers ranging from pink to red, purple and white.
Bright pink blossoms cover an Azalea japonica with a few bright green leaves.

Thuja, a true hedge conifer

Thuja isn’t the most elegant conifer, nor is it a hedge shrub that is particularly supportive of biodiversity, but it does, however, excel in cutting off the view for intrusive onlookers.
Backlit branch of thuja against a black background

11 plant-me-now melliferous shrubs for pollinators

As appealing to us as they are to pollinators, melliferous plant species are where pollinator insects reign as kings. These beautiful flowers are gorged with pollen and nectar offered up for pollinators to feed on, a trade-off that 80% of all flower-bearing species sign up for in order to reproduce.
Melliferous plants, shrubs and trees that feed pollinators

Lilac, a shrub of great beauty

Lilac blooms and shares its fragrance right at the beginning of spring, which makes it one of the most beautiful flower shrubs.
Lilac shrub in full bloom.

Arbutus unedo – noted for its berries

The Arbutus unedo tree is a superb shrub that is well-known thanks to its beautiful red fruits that look like strawberries – and they’re edible, too!
arbutus unedo

Italian Buckthorn

Italian Buckthorn facts Name – Rhamnus alaternus Family – Rhamnaceae Type – shrub Height – 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 meters) Exposure – full sun, part sun Soil – ordinary Foliage – evergreen Flowering – March to May Planting Italian Buckthorn Plant in spring preferably. If you plant in fall, you might constrain its proper development and regrowth, especially if the winter is harsh in your area. […]
Red berries dot this rhamnus alaternus or mediterranean buckthorn

Viburnum plicatum, Japanese snowball

Viburnum plicatum is a family of shrubs with stunning abundant blooming. Some are doublefile while others bloom like snowballs. Some cultivars are more rare than others, but all are beautiful! Viburnum plicatum facts Name – Viburnum plicatum Family – Adoxaceae (formerly Caprifoliaceae) Type – shrub Height – 10 feet (3 meters) Exposure – full sun or part sun Soil – […]
Green snowball shaped flower of a viburnum plicatum species

Species and varieties of bright red or yellow dogwood

Dogwood trees illuminate the garden in winter with their colorful bark and elegant, wispy shoots that wrap themselves in diamond-like sheathes of frost. The stylish abstract bearing adds a modern touch to the garden.
Red and yellow species and varieties of dogwood, cornus

Barbary fig, the cactus with paddles and prickly pear fruits

Barbary fig key facts Botanical name – Opuntia ficus‑indica Common names – barbary fig, Mickey Mouse cactus, prickly pear, tree cactus Family – Cactaceae Type – perennial cactus Height – 15 feet (5 m) and more Exposure – full sun Soil – light, well-draining, any pH Hardiness – not hardy (minimum 50°F or 10 °C) […]
Barbary fig paddles

Create your own bonsai!

The Egyptians were familiar with putting trees in pots to carry them around easily, then the Chinese did it because it looked good, but the Japanese are the people who became the true creators of the art of bonsai.
Bonsai with shears on a table

Reducing thuja, a battered look for a year, before bursting back!

Thuja, or Arborvitae, is a long-living tree that just keeps growing. If you miss a few pruning seasons, you’ll have to cut it back hard! Here’s what Michel experienced. Read also: Planting and caring for thuja Evergreen hedges, a good idea? Hedge pruning, timing, tips A short note before beginning, from Michel himself: I think […]
Large thuja needing to be cut back heavily

Pruning trees and shrubs

Sometimes, it’s better not to prune than to prune wrong. Before going crazy with your hand pruner in the garden, learn why to prune and the do’s and don’ts of pruning.
Pruned grapevine with a drop of sap oozing out

Blooming of shrubs one season at a time

To help you choose your shrubs depending on their blooming season, Nature-and-Garden recommends this selection of the most beautiful flowering shrubs for each season.
Shrubs that bloom all year round

Willow shrubs, small but ever so elegant

Not all willows grow tall. Some stay short and cute! Here are some willow shrubs to discover. Wise willow facts Name – Salix Family – Salicaceae Type – shrub Height – 3 to 13 feet (1 to 4 m) Exposure – full sun Soil – cool Foliage – deciduous Flowering – March Planting willow shrubs Best planted in fall to promote root development before […]
Willow shrubs are willows that grow shorter than normal willow trees

Magical holly!

Not only do elves and fairies hide in its branches. Birds do, too! They build their nest in it to protect their offspring
Holly leaves with a cluster of berries

Phillyrea, a short olive-like tree for hardy climates

Phillyrea facts, a short list Name – Phillyrea Family – Oleaceae Type – shrub Height – 16 to 23 feet (5 to 7 meters) Exposure – full sun to shade Soil – ordinary Foliage – evergreen Flowering – April to June Planting phillyrea In fall or spring for potted shrubs. Only in fall for plants purchased with their roots bare. Follow our advice on planting shrubs Pruning phillyrea Follow our […]
Phillyrea shrub with fruits on it

Irresistible mock-orange!

This is one of the garden’s most enchanting and fragrant shrubs. Very accommodating, it settles in anywhere it’s planted, and gives the garden a romantic outlook with its cascade of white petals and its scent of fresh orange flowers. Very easy shrub to live with, mock-orange or Philadelphus produces excellent results in every garden and […]
Mock orange shrub in full bloom

Japanese snowball, spring snow

An amazing blooming, beautiful leafage, ornamental fruits… Birds and insects love Japanese snowball. And we do, too!
Japanese snowball with two types of flower

Caucasian elm

Caucasian elm facts Name – Zelkova carpinifolia Family – Ulmaceae Type – tree Height – 100 feet (30 meters) Exposure – full sun Soil – ordinary Foliage – deciduous Flowering – April Planting Caucasian elm Indifferently, in fall or spring. Follow our guidelines on planting trees Pruning Caucasian elm It doesn’t need any pruning. If […]
Caucasian elm leaves

Pink Peppercorn

Pink Peppercorn facts, a short list Name – Schinus molle Family – Anacardiaceae Type – tree Height – 50 to 65 feet (15 to 20 meters) Exposure – full sun Soil – ordinary Foliage – evergreen Flowering – May to September. Fruit formation – June to September Planting pink peppercorn It is recommended to plant pink peppercorn in spring, for it to […]
Pink peppercorn, or Schinus molle, tree with fruit

Spring blooming shrubs

Wonderful at the beginning of spring, these shrubs are among the first to celebrate spring in our gardens, balconies and terraces with their beautiful flowers. They are often major players in our mixed hedges and shrub beds
Shrub that blooms in spring: soap bush
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